Fines Being Given to Nonresident Drivers in Leonia

Cops in Leonia, New Jersey will start handing out fines for out-of-town drivers using local roads in the town.

The streets are off limits to non-residents because of big traffic problems in the past.  Drivers using secondary roads to get to the George Washington Bridge have caused backups and have delayed emergency vehicles from getting to their destination.

"In the interest of public safety, we had to take significant action," Mayor Judah Zeigler told WOR's "Len Berman in the Morning" on January 22nd.

Beginning on Monday, drivers who use GPS devices to navigate local roads could face a $200 fine.  The ban went into effect two weeks ago, but until now, officers had been issuing warnings.

Zeigler said the town saw 4,000 to 12,000 cars on its local roads heading to the bridge on a typical weekday.

"The traffic needs to stay where it belongs - on our major thoroughfares," Zeigler said.

The road closures are in place during peak travel periods.

The ban is being challenged in court

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